With how often we think about our financial investments and bottom line, it’s easy to forget about the investment we must make in our mental health. Nothing could be more important to the future of your life than acknowledging the role our emotional and psychological well-being plays in our decision-making process.
You may spend 60-70 hours a week hooked up to computers, constantly checking your cell phone, trading stock quotes, reviewing Cavalry Portfolio Services, and noodling around with your companies dividends—still, the deals you make in one day pale in comparison to the deal you’re making with yourself over the long haul. Consider yoga and nutrition as an intersection of strategies that may help you to balance your economy of wealth with an economy of health….
You’ve got to understand that your mind is its own index, trading chemicals and transmitters with itself on a 24/7 basis. Once you look at your brain from this angle, you’ll never go about your life the same way. Everything you do, every conversation you have, every decision you make is a product of your brain chemistry. If your chemistry gets out of wack—easy to do after a daily infusion of stress hormones, caffeine, adrenaline, and technology—you’ve got to put in the time to help your mind return to a state of equilibrium. A great way to do this is yoga. Yoga is a moving meditation that harnesses the power of breathing in order to center the mind and nourish the body. Keep your blood oxygenated and flowing so that your body can feed your brain and keep your thought processes stable. If you lose your mind from stress, you’ll regret not taking this more seriously.
Believe or not, the things we put in our body actually do affect our mind. The sugar, hormones, pesticides, saturated fat, preservatives and toxins that inundate the American diet also poison our minds, causing ADD, ED, emotional imbalances, and fatigue. If you have a stressful life, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to take control over your diet. This means eating more organic vegetables, cutting out fast food, and limited excess sugars and fats that clog your arteries. Think about it: if you die ten years sooner than you should, that’s ten years of income being buried with you too. Morbid, yes, but honest.
It’s easy to get caught up in unhealthy practices that deteriorate our physical and mental health. But let’s not make the mistake of viewing those ailments as separate from our careers and investments. Your health is an investment too, one that in the long run is dramatically more important to you and your family than numbers on a computer screen.